Week 7 of the college football season was an exciting one to say the least that saw one of the wildest finishes with Michigan State pulling out an almost impossible win at Michigan. The current Heisman rankings have LSU’s Leonard Fournette at the top followed by TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin. The talk surrounding Fournette skipping his Junior season only become more relevant following Nick Chubb’s knee injury as reports suggest Chubb’s football career could be over entirely.
Top 5 Senior Quarterbacks
Trevone Boykin, TCU – 27/32, 436 yards, 4 TD
If anyone is going to steal the Heisman away from Fournette it’s going to be Boykin. TCU is a virtual lock to put up 50 points a week in a defenseless Big 12 conference. If Boykin does steal the crown it will be thanks to Josh Doctson, who seemingly reels in 200 receiving yards a game with ease. Nevertheless, Boykin’s draft stock doesn’t seem to be anything more than a mid-round pick.
Cody Kessler, USC – 30/46, 365 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State – 30/43, 347 yards, 3 TD
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State – 16/28, 195 yards, 2 TD
Kevin Hogan, Stanford – 8/15, 131 yards, 3 TD, INT
Top 5 Quarterbacks – Underclassmen
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State – 7/13, 120 yards, TD
Jared Goff, California – bye
Goff and California are recovering from a much-needed bye week following his five-interception performance game against Utah the week before. Goff’s performance this season has been difficult to grade as he has blown out mediocre competition, yet performed horribly against Utah. This week, California will take on a UCLA team which will be out to improve upon the beating Thursday night against Stanford.
Cardale Jones, Ohio State – 9/15, 84 yards
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has officially benched Jones, as J.T. Barrett is officially the new starting quarterback. Jones has had a shaky start to the season while many believe Jones may have been promised the starting gig if he returned to school after winning the national title a year ago. Barrett will look to energize Ohio State as the team has looked nothing like the team that finished the 2014 season. Jones’ NFL status is unclear as he could always regain the starting position later in the season.
Patrick Towles, Kentucky – 27/44, 359 yards, INT
Towles moves into this week’s ranking after an impressive performance against Auburn. Although he failed to lead Kentucky to a win, Towles impressed beyond the stat line. The junior is almost a spitting image of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford. He has a rocket arm that if drafted into the right coaching system could translate into the pros. The only problem with Towles, like Stafford, is consistency issues.
Paxton Lynch, Memphis – 39/53, 384 yards, 3 TD, INT
Did anyone wow us more than Lynch, who pulled off a crazy upset over Ole Miss? Let’s not forget, Ole Miss also beat Alabama this year. Lynch is simply enormous as some NFL general managers could get enamored with his 6-foot-7 frame. With a 13-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, Lynch will be on teams’ radars for the rest of the season. Memphis’ matchup with Temple later in the season will be one that will catch people’s attention.
Top 5 Senior Running Backs
D.J. Foster, Arizona State (RB/WR) – 3 catches, 11 yards/1 carry, -5 yards
Aaron Green, TCU – 12 carries, 7 yards
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech – Did Not Play (ankle injury)
C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame – 19 carries, 143 yards, TD/5 catches, 32 yards
Devontae Booker, Utah – 21 carries, 118 yards, 2 TD
Top 5 Running Backs – Underclassmen
Derrick Henry, Alabama – 32 carries, 236 yards, 2 TD
Henry was a man on a mission this week putting Alabama on his back in a big win over Texas A&M. Henry’s performance is nothing to joke about as new defensive coordinator John Chavis had the Texas A&M defense rolling prior to this week. Henry likely belongs in the first-round discussion despite being unfairly criticized for Trent Richardson’s failures.
Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State – 27 carries, 153 yards, TD
Alex Collins, Arkansas – bye
Kelvin Taylor, Florida – 15 carries, 25 yards, TD
Shock Linwood, Baylor – 19 carries, 84 yards, TD
Top 5 Senior Wide Receivers
Josh Doctson, TCU – 10 catches, 190 yards, 2 TD
Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 4 catches, 33 yards, TD
Nelson Spruce, Colorado – 8 catches, 63 yards
Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State – 9 catches, 132 yards
Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma – 4 catches, 83 yards, 2 TD
Top 5 Wide Receivers – Underclassmen
Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi – 14 catches, 144 yards, TD
Treadwell had sort of a breakout performance in the upset loss to Memphis as it finally looks like he is 100-percent over the knee injury from last season. Treadwell is my No. 1 wideout and should be considered a Top 10 selection if he can stay healthy. Treadwell reminds me of Mike Evans as he can run like a deer, yet can become a great red zone threat with his elite size.
Michael Thomas, Ohio State – 3 catches, 34 yards, TD
Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh – 8 catches, 68 yards, 2 TD
Travin Dural, LSU – 5 catches, 65 yards
Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina – 7 catches, 160 yards, TD
Cooper is mister do-it-all for South Carolina as he somehow puts up giant numbers despite horrific quarterback play. Cooper could become the perfect slot guy in an NFL offense, as his route running should translate immediately. With coach Steve Spurrier’s resignation, it will be difficult to judge how focused the South Carolina team will be for the remainder of the season.